If you’re visiting London during the Olympics 2012, then a look around the plethora of high street and department stores is a must. We’ve selected our top ten favourites to make sure your shopping trip around London is worthy of a Gold medal!
400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB – Nearest Tube: Bond Street
Voted as the best department store in the world this year, you can’t visit the capital in 2012 without stopping by this haven of designer wear. Be sure to visit the street fashion ground floor for a great selection of affordable concessions too.
87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL – Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge
If you’ve heard of Knightsbridge then you’ve definitely heard of Harrods. The iconic department store is home to the world’s top labels, the amazing pet kingdom, as well as the best toy department you’ll probably ever visit – plus the ornate Egyptian staircase is alone worth paying a visit for.
3. The Shop at Bluebird
350 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UU – Nearest Tube: Sloane Square
Right in the heart of Chelsea and next door to the exclusive Bluebird club, the Shop at Bluebird combines innovative fashion and modern design to form a store that stocks everything from womenswear to music.
4. Liberty London
Great Marlborough Street, London, W1B 5AH – Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
Liberty’s mock Tudor exterior plays host to an eclectic treasure trove of designer wear, tucked away from Oxford Street and in close proximity to Carnaby Street, making it the perfect middle-ground between the high street and the alternative. Be sure to pick up some of their signature fabric to customise your clothes with that Liberty London look.
5. Beyond Retro
110-112 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EJ – Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street
Vintage lovers daren’t visit East London without stopping by Beyond Retro. The industrial looking doorway leads to a world of reasonably priced vintage, with everything conveniently arranged by colour and style. It’s a short walk from the main street of Brick Lane, but well worth the journey.
6. Start London
42-44 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3BN – Nearest Tube: Old Street
Founded by American fashionista, former rock star Brix Smith-Start, Start London stocks a mixture of quintessentially British and overseas labels, from the well-known Mulberry to the up-and-coming We Are Handsome. Perfect for getting that uber-cool East End look.
7. Dover Street Market
17-18 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LT – Nearest Tube: Green Park
Possibly the most fashionable market around, Dover Street’s offering founded by Comme des Garçons plays host to Dr Martens’ only UK bespoke service, high fashion labels such as Lanvin, and trendy eatery Rose Bakery. Variety like no other all under one roof.
Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH – Nearest Tube: Camden Town
For lovers of the alternative, Cyberdog is definitely a must-visit spectacle to behold. Inside rave music pounds whilst dancers bust a move on the counters and the UV clubwear glows under the blinding ultraviolet lights. Even if you’re not a fan of neon rave fashion or techno music, you’ll be blown away by the in-store atmosphere.
9. Lucy In Disguise
48 Lexington Street, London, W1F OLR – Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
Lily Allen and sister Sarah Owen’s retail venture is literally glittering, as is the store front of their Soho-based Lucy In Disguise boutique. Inside, relics from every era imaginable form the retro aesthetic, which makes a visit to this store more than just your average shopping trip. The vintage clothing is far from the jumble sale stores of the East though, featuring only the finest labels, as well as a retro hair and make-up bar to add those finishing touches.
Image: Lucy In Disguise
214 Oxford Street, London, W1W 8LG – Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
Oxford Street would not be complete without the monstrous Topshop that sits right in its centre. Four floors of high street shopping heaven sit inside this flagship store, which stocks anything and everything for both men and women. And if you get there during one of their legendary sales you’ll find yourself stuck inside for a good few hours.
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